September 1, 2021 Subject:
An Underated and Unique Show
I personally love this entire show, warts and all.
Does it have any standout songs that people typically reference? No. Do people ever say, "1/15/79 is an amazing show, you should definitely check it out." No.
But if you listen to it repeatedly, you'll find a hidden gem. Jerry's playing is the definition of sublime throughout. Maybe more than any other show from '78/'79.
Check out: Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Shakedown Street. They are standouts, and rank as my all time favorites. Bold words, I know. Who knows? I could be the only one who thinks this way about this show. Cheers fellow Deadheads!!
January 15, 2017 Subject:
November 9, 2012 Subject:
I enjoyed it!
I thought this show was pretty hot. The playing was pretty tight and interesting throughout the whole show, although vocals all around were kinda weak Sound quality was pretty good through most of it.
First set was well played and to the point. Although some very funny vocals indeed at the ending of Deal. Almost like Donna had to start singing to cover up Bob's screaming like a little boy.
Second set had some cool jams, some of them pretty out there. The Miracle > Shakedown is real fun, wait for the build! I didn't think the Terrapin flubbed around too badly, although it wasn't by any means outstanding.
Anyway the jamming was nice and the Playin' was sweet. I though the musicianship all around was real hot. Some tribal fun with the eight limbed drummer then some real cool spacey fun with the whole band that sounds like it could go a number of ways! Although simply back into Playin' is always a good choice, but wait, they don't stop there! They boom into Casey Jones, however the boom in is much more exciting the the actual Casey Jones.
But it's totally worth the listen! Check it out :]
November 6, 2012 Subject:
Tough one to rate
This was a decent show with some definite highlights but nothing too outstanding. The thought of giving a Charlie Miller soundboard a 3-star review (especially being the only review on the page) seemed unfair. The high points: Great, funky Shakedown (despite less than great Jerry vocals), a stellar jam out of Playing, a fantastic Space (yes, Space!) with a cool calypso vibe and some fine keyboard work by Keith throughout the show. The low points: Terrible shrieking at the end of Deal that really botch the whole tune for me (not Donna this time, I think it's Bobby singing falsetto!) and Jerry's lackluster vocals in the second set, especially on Terrapin ("inspiration" is hardly inspiring when it's croaked!). Overall a pretty good show and worth a listen.